Happy Birthday Sign

July 14, 2017

Good Morning,

The month of July is busy in our house, I often refer to it as a second Christmas month (at least looking at cost) as three of us have our birthdays this month. I was  trying to get a head start making decorations when I came across this amazing cut file by Snapdragon Snippets on the Silhoutte Cameo.

This sign ends up being pretty thick because it takes 9 layers of cardstock plus a rather clever stand to make the entire thing. I did my best trying to line up all the layers as that is key. This is approx. 4 inches high x 12 across, I think it is perfect for a table center piece.

Layered Happy BirthdayThe paper I used is some older Bo Bunny Surprise collection. I liked the bright colors and patterns for this sign. Considering this is for birthdays covering a wide spectrum of ages, it was important to have it look more timeless than based on age.

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This side view gives you an idea of how the many layers (9 in all) add to its strength to hold up on its own.

The backside shot is of the “I-Bean”  used to prop the sign up. Three of the layers are put on to create a slid for the I-Bean It is rather clever. However I ended up glueing it to make it more pernment.

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Be prepared to get some glue on your hands but end up with a beautiful home decor piece to celebrate many birthday to come.

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Here is my suplly list to make the sign:

  • Silhouette Store: Happy Birthday I-Beam sign by Snapdragon Snippets
  • 7 sheets of 12×12 solid cardstock to cut the base ( I used white) I was able to double up on one sheet.
  • 5 sheets of pattern paper you can use either 12×12 or a 6×6 pad to cut the Happy. (each letter is 4 by 3.)
  • 1 sheet of 12×12 pattern paper to cut the “birthday”.
  • Adhesive: a liquid glue and you could do dimensional adhesive for the “birthday”

This project does take some time to put together as you need layers to dry a bit but it can be done in a few hours.

As Alwasy I appreciate hearing from you and happy to answer any questions,

Until next time….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handy Kitchen Mason Jar conversion charts

June 15, 2017

Good Morning,

This year in 6th grade it seems the whole class caught the baking bug. An on-going homework assignment this year was to share something you are interested learning on your own.  Each Friday the kids would present to their groups whatever they were learning. My son started out with learning German but soon he too joined the foodies through his passion for creating desserts. He ditched the German for homemade brownies, cookies of all kinds and lemon cake to name a few.

Thursday nights our house would contain the sweetest smells of his homework. He would often wait to bake until his other homework was done and after dinner when all the dishes were in the dishwasher. He would hunt around for a tablespoon or measuring cup only to come up short. It was either burn the fingers opening the dishwasher or hunt around for the one cookbook that had conversion tables. We just never remembered which book and where it was in said book.

Imagine how thrilled I was to see these newly released Lori Whitlock conversions cut files in the Silhouette Design Store. I decided to make a little “mini album” of sorts for the kitchen.  My thought is to put them on a ring and maybe laminate them but I am having a hard time putting a hole through the cute mason jars, let alone where. I also wanted to keep them plain as they would in the kitchen and laminated.

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I have had this Echo Park “Made from Scratch” collection in my stash waiting for “just the right” kitchen project. The papers were perfect as they were light enough to use my Silhouette Sketch pens for the writing.  I choose to write the conversions instead of cutting them out as each letter and number would cut individually. Not only would this take longer but, I knew I would never get them on perfectly straight.

The cut file for the cups and tablespoon can be customized as much as you want with the different papers. I kept it pretty simple except for the handles, it allowed for some more patterns to help tie everything together.

Week June 12 facebook-7I absolutely love how these mason jars turned out. The lids have 4 cut layers that add so much dimension to the jars. These papers were just right for the look of these mason jars.  Each piece ( cups and tablespoon too)  has a front and back piece of the same design paper. It lends weight to the cuts as well a more finished look.

I am still deciding on where to punch the hole in the mason jars and open to suggestions as all six pieces will go on a ring. I am having that “new jar of peanut butter” dilemma. The top is so perfectly smooth, I don’t want to mar it with the knife. Does anyone else struggle with that?

Thanks for any suggestions and stopping in to hear my project story.

Supply List:

  • Lori Whitlock Conversion charts (measuring cups and mason jars)
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette sketch pens in black
  • Silhouette Design Store
  • Echo Park “Made from Scratch” collection
  • Bazzil card stock 80lb in white and gray
  • Xyron Sticker X and 3-inch sticker machines.

 

Until next time,

Dragons, Babies, and Cake, yippee!

June 13, 2017

Good Morning,

I finally have a layout done for my almost 4 -year old’s 1st birthday.  Looking at the picture it is amazing to see how little he was, yet so independent. To commemorate his first cake moment I am using Doodlebug’s new Dragon Tails papers and die cuts for embellishments.

Having the ability to cut out many of the elements on my silhouette cameo is changing how I am scrapbooking. Having the control of size and color to fit with my layout is freeing. Besides watching these creatures with their cute little faces come to life adds an additional sense of satisfaction.

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For this little guy, I did an “offset”  in gray to the base image (blue) to delineate more from the patterned background. The cake and the balloons are also part of the collection but sold separately in the Silhouette Design Store.

The balloons have a little “glossy accents” to add “shine’ as does the flame of the candle.  I added the baker’s twine for the balloons as well with my Xyron X sticker maker. Have I mentioned how much I love that little machine?

 

 

 

Tip: To keep ends from fraying put a lite layer of a liquid glue worked into the twine. Then shape it, this will also help in keeping the different stings together as well stop fraying.

The large Dragon who I am referring to as “Betsy” is popped up on foam tape and ready for fun! I can see myself using her on more layouts or cards. She is cut out at full file size which is approx. 10 inches across.

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This is my completed page, The two dinosaurs, Birthday Boy title, balloons, gift, and cake are all cut on my Silhouette Cameo. The present on the bottom and “Just for you” are from the cut apart sheet. The banners are fussy cut from the side “B” of cobblestones.

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Here is my supply list:

  • Doodlebug Dragon Tails paper: cobblestone, dragon den, dragon’s breath, friendly fleet (side B – blue cake layer) and sea serpent stripes (side B- Cut apart)
  • Doodlebug Linen and gingham: limeade, swimming pool, and grasshopper
  • Doodlebug Dragon Tails – 12 x12 sticker sheet
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette Design StoreL: Doodlebug Cut files for Dragon Tails Collection
  • Bella Blvd. – Puffy Stars in blue
  • Bakers twine
  • Xyron X, 3 and 5-inch sticker maker

Thanks for dropping by, I am always happy to hear your thoughts in comments.

Until next time…

 

 

 

A Book Box of Treats for Book Club

May 29, 2017

Good Morning,

I am in the middle of my kid’s school year wrapping up along with my parent classroom job, book club.  I love it, it’s a great excuse to indulge into kids books while getting to know the kids in my son’s class.

Last Tuesday afternoon, I enthusiastically arrived to talk about our book only to be met with exhausted kids. The end of the school year has brought State testing as well as deadlines for a number of projects, by the time they see me after lunch they are exhausted.  Wanting our time to be enlighting but fun, I asked what I could do to help pep them up, cookies were promptly requested. To which, I was given various options given allergies and preferences.

With the cookie idea percolating in the back in of my mind, I came home to work on the more pressing need of family graduation cards. In looking for a caps and gowns, I came across these fun Book Boxes. I thought, what a cute idea to bring cookies to book club.

Of course having more luck figuring out the book club solution, I abandoned graduation for this cute cut file by Lori Whitlock.  I used an older Basic Grey  “hipster” collection to make all three “books” and the sticker sheet but for the bases, I used a Kraft paper. The cut file breaks down pretty easy with opportunities to do multiple pieces on one mat. The boxes do take a bit of folding on score lines as the spine is meant to be rounded, but overall it is easy to assemble.   The opening and depth of the boxes are pretty generous so I am sure I will have enough to make five happy, cookie-eating, book club kids.

Oh but wait, it’s for school, I have to share to with the whole class, I better get baking.

Untile next time…..

If you’re interested here is my supply list based on doing all three books:

  • For the Box and cover base – 4 sheets of Kraft Cardstock (or black, white or cream)
  • The Spine, Front and Back Panel – 3 different 12×12 double sided pattern paper (One sheet for each book)
  • Decoration accessories:  alphabets, flowers, sticker sheets etc.

 

 

**While I seem to be on a Lori Whitlock cut file kick lately I am not affiliated with her just love her designs and file set ups.

3D BBQ Card for Memeorial Day

May 28, 2017

To everyone here in the United States I hope you have great weather to pay tribute and enjoy your Memorial Day. To my friends in the UK while we remeber our fallen, I can’t help but think of you and your families dealing with the aftermath of Manchester.  I have no words that can begin to do justice to your feelings other than to say I stand with you in your grief and outrage! We are all affected by it! 

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Good Morning,

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Memeorial Day brings back memories of BBQ, picnics and flags, so today I am sharing a  3D BBQ Box Card designed by Lori Whitlock  created on my Silhouette Cameo. Traditionally Memorial Day kicks off the Summer Season, I still have fun memories of the beach, parks and being at home with family but alwasy a BBQ was involved.

To create this card, It took me about 45 minutes to cut and put together. Lori took the guess work out of the layers by adding the shadow cut and numbers to each tab. One of the things I love about these kinds of cards is how it helps use up scraps. Using your scraps also cuts down in cutting time. I was able to put all the colors other than greay and black on one mat using scraps.  I smiled the whole time it cut.

After making a couple of these cards I do recommend a heavy cardstock for the base pieces to keep the shape and the extra layers. The grey paper on here is 80 lbs card stock, the color scraps vary from 65 to 80 lb. I used a textured dot for the oven mit. What is great is you can make it any color or even add some foil to really dress it up.

TIP: The BBQ “knobs” cut as one group. To keep the spacing correct I used washi tape to pick it up from the mat then transfer it to the project. I liked the width of the washi it fit perfectly for the small knobs.

This card also folds down to fit into an evnvelope, I would suggest a 6×6 as this measure approx. 5.75 x 5.75.

The Supply list for this one:

  • BBQ Grill Box Card –  Lori Whitlock  can be found on her site or the Silhouette Studio
  • Grey / Silver /Foil Card Stock –  card base, front panels and inside tab layers
  • Black Card Stock – knobs, front panel strip, grates, strip across “lid”
  • Red Card Stock – ketchup bottle, utensil handles, tomato on burger, oven mitt
  • Yellow Card Stock – flame, cheese (burger), mustard bottle and lid
  • Green Card stock – lettuce (burger)
  • Brown tone on tone Card Stock – meat of the burger
  • Light brown Card Stock – the hanburger bun
  • Orange Card Stock – Flame
  • White Card Stock – Ketchup bottle cap/ label and Mustard label

I always love hearing from everyone so if you like these cards or have question please leave a comment.

I wish for all of you a happy and safe Monday.

Until next time…..

 

 

 

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